" From the moment I opened the case and first laid eyes on it I was in love. The Red Maple is absolutely beautiful - seriously breathtaking, and the craftsmanship as usual is second to none - it was just incredible...and then I started playing it and was transported to the next level. This ukulele has the EXACT sound I was hoping for! Char is the wood whisperer! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this ukulele. It is the crown gem of my instrument collection!"

- Nate N.


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Scheduled Start Date: Apr 12, 2017
Completed: May 02, 2017

  • Red Maple back & sides

  • Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top

  • Bloodwood body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Abalone rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Slotted Headstock with Schertler tuners

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

  • K&K Twin Spot pickup

Hand-crafted in the USA by Gordon & Char Mayer and Aaron Keim. Each instrument is numbered & signed.


Wood Grade: Master
Wood Availability: Sorry, this wood is currently not available.

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





Apr 6

bend sides, glue in neck block


Apr 10

glue in tail block


Apr 11

rout & glue-in end graft, kerf top edge, kerf bottom edge, brace back


Apr 12

brace top, glue back onto sides


Apr 13

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Apr 17

clean up body, rout dovetail, drill tuner holes, glue fretboard onto neck, rout binding channels, glue in top binding


Apr 18

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Apr 19

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Apr 20

first coat of oil


Apr 24

second coat of oil


Apr 25

third coat of oil


Apr 26

fourth coat of oil


Apr 27

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


May 1

make saddle, (put in pickup, if any), cut nut, final fretwork, put in tuners, put on strings

Original Wood Set